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Busa2Timeslive reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) is concerned about the provisions for exemption of employers from the national minimum wage (NMW) as provided for in the labour bills currently before parliament's labour committee.  

Busa CEO Tanya Cohen made a presentation of the lobby group’s views on the National Minimum Wage Bill‚ the Basic Conditions of Employment (BCEA) Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill during public hearings on Tuesday.  The BCEA Bill makes provisions for exemptions from the NMW for start-ups and small and medium enterprises that cannot afford to pay it.  The exemption may be granted for up to 12 months.  "Business is most concerned about the functionality of the exemption system as a mechanism to ensure that those businesses that genuinely are unable to afford the national minimum wage are provided with the opportunity to apply for exemption.  This is particularly pertinent for start-ups‚ small and medium enterprises‚" Cohen indicated.  She went on to say that business was moreover concerned that the exemption system should provide relatively easier pathways for exemption for employer organisations and parties to bargaining council agreements.

  • Read this report by Linda Ensor in full at Timeslive


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